Egyptian architect Salah El Din Hareedy, winner of a Unesco prize, who won a competition to redesign the historic Al-Nouri Mosque in Mosul, died on Saturday in his hometown of Alexandria. He died of Covid-19.
News of Hareedy’s death was shared by his wife Marwa Mahfouz in a Facebook post on Saturday.
“My husband, my life partner, my lover and everything I need… Professor Dr Salah El Din Samir Hareedy is under the protection of God,” Mahfouz wrote.
Hareedy was also mourned by the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Alexandria, where he was a professor for many years. His colleagues called him one of the most competent and cultured professors in the history of the faculty.
This year, Hareedy, along with a team of seven other architects, won a UN competition launched through its cultural arm, Unesco, to submit the design for the reconstruction of the Iraqi Al-Nouri Mosque, which was destroyed by ISIS militants in 2017.
Hareedy’s team design beat 123 entries in the competition.
The submitted plans remain faithful to the original design of the mosque before its destruction. However, it also features notable improvements, such as an expanded space for women and dignitaries, and better use of natural light.
The Hareedy team was scheduled to start implementing their design in fall 2021 and their cash prize was $ 50,000.
Hareedy contracted Covid-19 this month and after being hospitalized his condition worsened.
During a televised interview with Egyptian TV, Hareedy expressed his commitment to rebuilding the mosque, explaining that he saw it as a personal responsibility to repair what terrorism had destroyed.
Hareedy is survived by Mahfouz, professor of interior design at the University of Alexandria, and their two sons. The couple worked together in the architectural firm they founded called Heads Egypt.